Peter Wyngarde is best known for his roles on Doctor Who, Jason King, and Flash Gordon and he recently passed away at 90.
This news had broken through BBC and they had reported that the actor died at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.
“What a life,” Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss tweeted earlier today. “What a legend. Jason King is dead. Long live Jason King!”
Wyngarde’s agent, Thomas Bowington said that he was “one of the most unique, original and creative actors” he had met.
Wyngarde had appeared in Alexander the Great and The Innocents. Wyngarde was an inspiration for the character of Austin Powers, a pastiche of ’60s and ’70s British spies.
In 1959, he had starred in ITV’s South and played a Polish army lieutenant. The BBC obituary said, “the series was broadcast live at a time when homosexuality had not been decriminalized in the UK, the drama received scathing reviews in the press.”
In the ’70s he had been convicted of lewd behavior after he was caught with a man. His early life has been poorly-documented.
Paul Cornell had tweeted, “It’s terrible and impossible that #peterwyngarde is dead. Such an extraordinary, detail-disputed, life. He was oddly magnificent.”
Wyngarde has a comics legacy due to John Byrne’s love for the British TV series The Avengers: The X-Men villain Mastermind was inspired by Peter Wyngarde and Jason King.
Mastermind was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and had appeared first in the 1960s and Byrne reinvented this character and gave him an identity of Jason Wyngarde. Mastermind uses his powers to give himself a handsome appearance.